Do pine nuts worth the high price? 松子

Why do pine nuts cost so much? That is because pine nuts have to undergo labour-intensive processes to reach our table. First of all, pine nuts don’t just grow in a few weeks like vegetables. It takes roughly 18 months to 3 years for pine nuts to mature. The nuts are actual seeds from pine cones of certain types of pine trees. The pine cones will bud in the beginning of spring and will continue to grow until the end of summer. They will lay dormant during fall and winter until they reach maturity the following spring and summer or longer. When the cones are harvested, they are dried in burlap bags under the sun for 20 days. The cones are smashed, where the seeds are separated from the cone fragments by hand. This is not the end, there is still a second shell that needs to be cracked and removed. So what do you think? Is the high price of pine nuts justified?

松子,這個不是日本人的名字,松子是松樹的種子,中國的吃貨已吃了松子3000年,古代人講究養生,有說松子有太多益處,裡裡外外由血液到皮膚亦體貼照顧得到。這些一小粒一小粒的長壽果生吃熟吃任君選擇,很多厨師也會在沙律和麵食上放些松子,好讓食客可以吃到松樹的清香,淡淡地感受到自然的氣息。
除了食用外,飲用的「松子」亦相當受歡迎,氈酒(松子酒)起源不是用作借酒消愁,16世紀的荷蘭人製造氈酒有助退燒和消炎用途,但後來時代遠去,人類又發現其他的用處,現在搖身一變成為雞尾酒的心臟(由氈酒主導的雞尾酒酒譜超過1000種),松子的一生充滿變奏,自由配搭得心應手。

PENNE WITH HALLOUMI AND PINE NUTS
Penne pasta | Halloumi cheese | pesto | pumpkin | pine nuts